6:00am Tuesday 2nd April 2013
By Ned Payne
WOOTTON Bassett’s hopes of securing promotion to the Hellenic Premier will have to wait until at least Saturday.
Bassett would have gone up had Malmesbury won at Tytherington yesterday, but the Rocks clocked up a 4-2 win.
Therefore, the earliest possible opportunity for the Rylands Way outfit to ensure Hellenic Premier football next term will be this weekend’s visit to Lambourn.
Elsewhere in the division yesterday, Cricklade romped to a 7-1 victory at Letcombe, while Lambourn showed they will not be rolled over easily by Bassett as they thrashed Purton 4-1.
Boss Paul Braithwaite was not a happy man despite his Fairford side’s 4-2 win over New College at the Webb’s Wood Stadium.
Goals from Nathan Gambling, James Eddie, Dan Bailey and Alex Rudd secured all three points, but Braithwaite was still disappointed.
He said: “We controlled the game but for the first time me and my assistant weren’t really happy. The goals we gave them were sloppy and we gave them a couple of other chances as well.
“Those type of games you have to take by the scruff of the neck and try and go on and do really well.
“We didn’t seem that professional about what we were going to do. Maybe a few late nights didn’t help us if I’m honest, there were a few people with red eyes out there.
“We had a few people phoning up in the morning and I’m not going to comment on whether it was alcohol or sickness, but I hope it was sickness.
“The only thing you can’t complain about is the three points. That’s 10 unbeaten in the league now so that’s excellent.”
Gambling put Fairford 1-0 up and Eddie volleyed in the second. Bailey’s low drive made it 3-0 before College pulled one back.
Rudd made it 4-1 before College netted their second of the afternoon.
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